Overseer Tammy L. Harris, Sr. Pastor
Tammy L. Harris-Brantley is a native of Des Moines; known in the city as the Founder and Director of the J&J Gospel Community Choir, who blessed not only this community and state, but traveled throughout the United States for over 20 years. Tammy has served as Minister of Music and Choir Director for several churches, and conducted several choir workshops for the edification of “Gospel Music in the Church” and “The Purpose and Power of Praise and Worship”, through her personal ministry “Perfecting Purpose”.
Being obedient to the voice of the Lord, Tammy left Des Moines and united with World Changers International Church in Atlanta, Georgia, under the Leadership of Pastor Creflo Dollar, where she served in New Members and the Music Ministry Department. In December 2004, Tammy returned to the place where her “heart carried a burden”, founded and served as CEO of Elpis Ministries, Inc., a faith based social ministry, providing services to “the least, the lost and the left out” . In 2005, she answered the call to preach the gospel, and was licensed and ordained on April 29, 2007 in Buffalo, New York, by her spiritual father, Bishop T. Anthony Bronner, Presiding Prelate, Turning The World Upside Down Covenant Fellowship. It was on August 18, 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa, that Installation Services were held and Bishop Bronner introduced to the members and the city the Pastor of Elpis Christian Fellowship.
Over the years, Pastor Tammy not only served as the CEO of Elpis Ministries, Inc., but fulfilled the need to birth a social ministry specifically for troubled youth, Culture of Recovery YOUTH. Very active in the community, Pastor has served as Faith Based Coordinator with the Department of Labor; Faith Based Mentoring Consultant for Altarum in Washington, DC; member of the State of Iowa Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Advisory Council, and served on several boards, including The Harbor of Hope Recovery House. Tammy is currently attending Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, working towards her Master of Divinity.
Under Pastor Tammy’s leadership, Elpis has acquired building and land at 4440 College Avenue, in Des Moines, Iowa, that now serves as the home of Elpis Christian Fellowship. In 2016, Pastor Tammy was appointed as an Overseer in the Lord’s House by Bishop T. Anthony Bronner, Turning The World Upside Down Covenant Fellowship, Buffalo, New York.
Under her leadership, the church continues to experience exponential growth and lives are being transformed through the ministries provided, and the Word of God continues to be taught with integrity and clarity, building disciples that reflect and draws others to Christ. Full of the Fruit of the Spirit, kingdom minded, Pastor Tammy selfishly lives by the beat of her own drum and declares “that the life she lives is not her own, it belongs to God”.
She is the proud wife of Jerald C. Brantley, Sr., native of Akron, Ohio.